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JEFFREY WILLIAM ANDERSON "If music be the food of love, play on." William Shakespeare. Along with good food, wine and great conversation, music was a necessity of life for our father, Jeffrey William Anderson. He played the clarinet, organ and piano. He also sang in numerous church choirs, most recently at St. Luke's Anglican Church. He began his journalism career as a music critic for the Winnipeg Free Press in the late 1950s and later became a music producer in both radio and television for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); producing award-winning documentaries and national radio shows, such as Sound Reviews, an innovative classical music program that was very popular with CBC FM listeners in the late 1970s. The high point of his career was being appointed as the head of CBC's radio and television bureau in London, England during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Here, he interviewed newsmakers as diverse as Malcolm Muggeridge, Ted Heath and John Cleese. He also supervised coverage of the conflict in Northern Ireland, and showcased some of England's greatest composers, including Benjamin Britten, Arthur Bliss and Michael Tippett. He later developed a close working relationship with Tippett, producing a festival of his music in Toronto in 1980. After the CBC, he taught broadcast journalism at the University of Western Ontario, and continued to write about classical music. As a retiree, our father worked tirelessly to promote music and the arts in Winnipeg. While an active board member of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO), he researched and wrote program notes, recommended guest performers and managed the MCO's record and CD store for several years. While music was his life's passion, our father was also a voracious reader, avid gardener, swimmer and traveller. He also enjoyed summer visits with family and friends at Ponemah and Victoria Beach on Lake Winnipeg. The son of composer W. H. Anderson and Marcelle Anderson, our father was blessed with a large, loving and supportive family. He was predeceased by his brother David, sisters Angele and Marie, and survived by his sisters Evelyne, Gabrielle and brother Paul. Jeffrey W. Anderson, 85, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, died March 18, 2014 at St. Boniface Hospital, after battling cancer for almost two years. He is survived by Adele (Heidi), the love of his life and his wife of 58 years, his three sons Michael, Jeffrey and David, his six grandchildren, Annie, Natalia, Callum, Gabrielle, William and Patrick, and his daughters-in-law, Katia, Elise and Isabelle. We would like to acknowledge his nephew David and niece Marcie, as well as his close friends Nicola Schaefer, Allen Mills and Chris Dafoe for their tremendous support during his final years. We would also like to thank Kevin Krochak, his home care workers, especially Bertram, St. Boniface CancerCare, Dr. Paul Daeninck and his assistant, Tracy Chornopyski, Dr. Chakrabory, and the nurses and staff on floor 6E at St. Boniface Hospital. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 130 Nassau Street North, on Tuesday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation at cancercarefdn.mb.ca. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 22, 2014
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